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October brings great colour and the harvest reflects the rewards of a period of intense hard work. We were delighted to reflect this month on our involvement with the Oriel Traditional Orchestra, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and the students at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

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September was a period of intensity as we returned to work at Dundalk Institute of Technology while also engaging in a number of interesting events and research-related activities, not to mention Culture Night, the Gerry Whelan Festival. It is interesting, on reflection, to...

For the second year running, our nearby town of Drogheda hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and we were delighted to be stuck in the middle of it. The nine days of activity are only the tip of the iceberg following months of work by countless volunteers. With the Fleadh on our...

The Fleadh is nearly here with crowds about to descend on County Louth for a celebration of Irish traditional music, song, dance and language and we’re enjoying the build up as well as gaining new perspectives on festival culture and attitudes to music, traditional or otherw...

Collaboration is often key to successful research and can take many forms. Understanding your role in a team and developing relationships are important but so too is knowing when you should step forward to take the lead or step back and follow or step sideways to let things...

We had a wonderful Springtime of music, research and adventures and are, as always, grateful to the great friends who make it all possible. Over the last few weeks we enjoyed working on the SPACE project, visits to and from Curso de Música Silva Monteiro, the Pan Celtic Inte...

What have natural disasters, electronic invention kits, vertical farming, and song writing got in common? Confused? Throw into the mix the exploits of British astrophysicist Sir Arthur Stanley Addington and one Albert Einstein and you might be forgiven for raising an eyebrow...

Cold sunlight glinting on the rocky fields of cloud, 

The high shrill note of Winter's happy piper 

Rises and lifts my dreamer far above the crowd. 

Love comes again to the narrow day and riper 

Than ever it was when Summer's apron flapped 

Upon a drying line. The spacious time...

November was a month of returning. Graduands returned to DkIT for their special day, Daithí returned to UCC, Youghal and Antwerp, and we returned to our various research projects, many of which began a new chapter.

We began the month with graduations, always a very proud day...

For October, we had an opportunity to stay at home but, in many ways, it signalled the importance of musicking in our local lives, not just in our international adventures or indeed our workplace. As researchers, it still challenged us to engage with thoughts, theories and r...

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